I love my job. One of my ideas got the green light a month or so back and I’ve been building it (while juggling other projects) ever since.
It wasn’t a unique idea, but it was one that would compliment our other image-related ad services: Web Thumbnails. Essentially, create a small thumbnail of a rendered website and use that as a visual representation of a link before someone clicks on it.
Something like this:
Ars Technica: The PC enthusiast’s resource
Ars Technica. Power users and the tools they love, without computing religion.
Oh yeah … Ars Technica review: The Sims 2. Posted September …
arstechnica.com/ – 63k –
Cached – Similar pages
(Web result borrowed from Google)
Creating the actual thumbnail is not that impressive of a feat. There are dozens of ways of doing that. The real trick, in my book, is creating an automated method of doing so. No technology is worthwhile, in my opinion, of it doesn’t make some task easier.
Obviously, anything requiring manual intervention is a wrench in the cogworks of my project so I did a little digging. I ultimately found this:
Suppose you’re annoyed by pop-up advertisements and want to prevent all
web pages from opening new browser windows. You can do this by adding the
following line to your Mozilla user preferences file (user.js):
Throw in a little: